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By Ice4life
From SLC, UT
Apr 22, 2011
GYM

Like the title says?

What was the most regrettable climbing related impulse thing you have purchased? (to be fair, it may be 1 purchase, or several over years)

We have all made some pretty dumb purchases, made em on our uncontrollable impulse to buy shiny new things.

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I can't believe I kept buying draws, here and there, maybe 1 when im done for the day and my friends are looking to shop, I go over and say yeah i guess ill take that... OR if there is a huge sale going on FML...

I counted my draws, I have a total of 48 dogbones with either BD Ounce or Neuts, hotwires, and some petzl express with spirits. I also have 15 alpine runners, all on ounces tripled up 60cm mammut contact slings.

Soooo you can see how my little impulsiveness treats me... How does yours treat you?

P.S. They all have their own names and personalities, and wouldn't sell them for the world. I would however trade some out if anyone needed and had stuff for trade...


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By Hank Caylor
Administrator
From Golden, CO
Apr 22, 2011
Yoda

Ice gear, Quarks and all that crap. Hated it.


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By Crag Dweller
From New York, NY
Apr 22, 2011
My navigator keeps me from getting lost

i share your quickdraw addiction, ice.

at first, i told myself i was just going to convert some of my quickdraws to alpine draws since i was starting to get into trad. but, then i realized i didn't want to use quickdraws at all for trad climbing so i bought several more 'biners and slings.

and then, i went out for a sport climbing weekend and realized i really prefer the simplicity of quickdraws for sport climbing. so, with half of my quickdraws converted, i had to get more.

it's sad really. i probably have enough 'biners, slings, and dogbones to protect an entire 10 pitch climb. well, ok, maybe just a 5 pitch climb.


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By Peter Pitocchi
Apr 22, 2011
Pete belays 2nd pitch Little corner

Hexes, Metolius "Safety Harness," GriGri, jury is out on tricams, wide nylon slings, gear slings, multiple pairs of uncomfortable (too tight) shoes. Too lazy to ebay anyone know where to donate to good cause?


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By Phil Lauffen
From The Bubble
Apr 22, 2011
RMNP skiing. Photo by Nodin de Saillan

shoes. I've got a pair for indoor, outdoor sport, outdoor easy, outdoor trad, outdoor crack.


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By Nathan Stokes
Apr 22, 2011

A mountaineering axe for east cost winter peak bagging. I even carried it a good dozen times before coming to the conclusion that it was only good for knocking snow off the trees (sucks being the lead / taller guy in the party). That and I haven't done anything yet that poles and MSR snowshoes won't tackle. Now I just carry a technical axe which packs better and is arguable more useful should I ever need it on something wicked steep.


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By Jeremy Kasmann
From Denver, CO
Apr 22, 2011

Phil Lauffen wrote:
shoes. I've got a pair for indoor, outdoor sport, outdoor easy, outdoor trad, outdoor crack.


And you regret it??


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By Couloirman
From Providence, RI
Apr 22, 2011
speedriding vail pass

tri cams


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By Bob Robinson
From Lone Tree, Colorado
Apr 22, 2011
Bouldering Poudre Canyon, Colorado

I bought a pair of 5.10 Gambits on Steep and Cheap for like $30, figuring if I didn't like them they would make decent gym shoes or something.

Man, I hated those shoes. They don't do anything well: smear, edge, heel... nada. Plus, they have to be the sweatiest shoes I've ever climbed in.

I just gave them away to a friend who just started climbing.


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By JitsClimber
From Broomfield,Co
Apr 22, 2011
Me doing my Jits thing (what I do when not climbing)

BINERS! I just keep amassing (sp? I went to public school so I'm not sure it that's right) these things telling myself I'll find a use for them.


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By mattm
From TX
Apr 22, 2011
Grande Grotto

Link Cams

Winter Alpine Gear

Biners


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By Ray Pinpillage
From West Egg
Apr 22, 2011
Cleo's Needle

Feature laden Hard Shells.


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By Cor
Apr 22, 2011
black nasty

Small sized chalk bag!

I admit it, I'm an East Coast Chalker!


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By Phill T
Apr 22, 2011

mountaineering axe on SAC. Never used, sits by my bed in case of zombies.
Looped gear sling, all it does is hang in my closet and helps organize gear, but I realized I hated climbing with it after a few outings.
I also just got one of those bicycle jerseys with the built in camelbak thinking it would be a good way to carry water on multipitch days rather than a nalgene hanging off the harness. The only problem is hiking wearing it full with the backpack on!

right handed ascender. cinch/grigri+left handed is all you need!


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By Dan R
From Colorado Springs, CO
Apr 22, 2011

First generation Trango Cinch. Never got the hang of using it.


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By Phil Lauffen
From The Bubble
Apr 22, 2011
RMNP skiing. Photo by Nodin de Saillan

Jeremy Kasmann wrote:
And you regret it??


Every week or so I think about buying more from dirtbag deals. Its an addiction. I get made fun of. I guess I don't regret it tho....


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By DaveB
Apr 22, 2011
Vitruvian Man (da Vinci)

Ice gear in general (loved it, just too far away to be practical), Yates Screamer, Koflach Arctis Expe, BD Micros-Swedges, Rope "Washer" (PVC tube w/interior brush), BIG BROS!!.....

My "get real" policy - If it isn't used within a year, it gets sold.


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By J. Fox
From Black Hawk, CO
Apr 22, 2011
Me too!

This thing...worthless...never used it.


BD Blizzard tool holster, for thread about regrettable purchases.  I donated this to Wiled Horse for route setting.
BD Blizzard tool holster, for thread about regrettable purchases. I donated this to Wiled Horse for route setting.


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By Tony B
From Around Boulder, CO
Apr 22, 2011
Got Milk? How about forearm pump? Tony leads "Alan Nelson's Bulging Belly" (5.10, X) on the Lost and Found Flatiron. Belayer is Mark Ruocco. Photo by Bill Wright, 10/06.

At some point someone is going to get around to mentioning an engagement ring...


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By Marc H
From Lafayette, CO
Apr 22, 2011
The Cathedral Spires in RMNP, left to right: Stiletto, Sharkstooth, Forbidden Tower, Petit Grepon, The Saber, The Foil, The Moon & The Jackknife.

Link cams.


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By JitsClimber
From Broomfield,Co
Apr 22, 2011
Me doing my Jits thing (what I do when not climbing)

Tony B wrote:
At some point someone is going to get around to mentioning an engagement ring...

+1


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By Tristan B
From La Crescenta, CA
Apr 22, 2011
Hanging out on Royal Arches

Rock Exotica Bi Wire. Its a sick idea, but the thing is huge and weights as much as 3 biners.

www.rockexotica.com/dev/products/carabiners/rockd_bi_wire.ht>>>


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By Scott T
From Alpine Meadows, CA
Apr 22, 2011
Fall Line, City of Rocks

Tony B wrote:
At some point someone is going to get around to mentioning an engagement ring...

Not this guy...getting hitched in a week!! (For the first time:)


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By Jeremy Kasmann
From Denver, CO
Apr 22, 2011

Phil Lauffen wrote:
Every week or so I think about buying more from dirtbag deals. Its an addiction. I get made fun of. I guess I don't regret it tho....


Me too...shoe addict. Probably 6pr that I use regularly.


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By Woodchuck ATC
Apr 22, 2011
Rock Wars, RRG, 2008

Giant sized cams I'm out 100 bucks for and never placed. Endless harnesses trying to find the 'perfect fit'. About 40 too many quickdraws.


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By Stich
From Colorado Springs, Colorado
Apr 22, 2011
Coffee after freezing our asses off near James Peak.

I've never regretted buying Tricams because usually friends just give them away to me or I find them. I bought a pair of Boreal Stingers once thinking they would improve my footwork. Uh, yeah. They were so painful I sold them after wearing them a few times. I never use the hexes I bought when I first got into climbing. Why bother futzing with that jive when you have double cams?


Ditto on the bigass hard shell. I have one that is full of pit zippers, liner, and all sorts of junk. It's so stiff and bulky I rarely wear it anywhere unless I expect you know, 65 mph sustained winds. Might come in handy for being stuck out somewhere crappy, but I generally avoid that situation.


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